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added 1:33pm, Nestrasil talks about being placed on waivers...
from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,
Now 30 years old, Ericsson is firmly entrenched in the NHL and a new generation has come in behind him. Young blueliners such as Danny DeKeyser and Brendan Smith have less than 150 games of NHL experience each, but bring nice skill sets to the table. Ericsson says he’s always available to field questions, though he prefers to give general advice rather than tell others what style to play.
“How to react, how to read off situations, that’s the most common question,” he said. “And that can vary, anything from jumping into the offensive play too early or late, or situations in the defensive zone as well.”
So far, the mixture of youth and experience has worked well for the Wings, who are coming off a 5-0 waxing of Columbus and sit in a playoff position. For a team that hasn’t missed the post-season in decades, that shouldn’t be surprising. But finding and growing players such as Ericsson goes a long way in explaining how that streak has come to be.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The Detroit Red Wings didn't need the goals they got Tuesday from Tomas Jurco and Darren Helm to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets.
But Jurco and Helm sure needed them to boost their confidence.
Jurco scored his first goal of the season, on the power play, at 4:49 of the third period to give his team a three-goal lead. Helm wrapped up the scoring in the 5-0 victory at Nationwide Arena by notching his second goal in 18 games with 1:01 remaining.
Jurco, who also picked up an assist, had just two points in 14 games.
"When you're a young guy and it isn't going the way you want sometimes you get pressing," coach Mike Babcock said. "This has been a good experience for Jurcs. You got to battle through it and you got to find ways just to contribute. I thought Jurcs played real well and tonight he was physical and got to the net and in the end he was rewarded."
from Shawn Mitchell of Puck-Rakers,
“It was a 2-0 game (after two periods). We weren’t great, but we were in it. And then we self-destructed in the third period.” Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards, who benched Johansen after he was whistled for a roughing minor in the offensive zone early in the third. Jackets left wing Scott Hartnell also played sparingly in the third. Hartnell was whistled for a double-minor (cross checking, unsportsmanlike conduct) 1:20 after Johansen’s roughing penalty. It, too, was in the offensive zone.
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Probably just the type of game the Wings needed.
Get the lead early, keep skating and move on to Winnipeg.
Nice to see Jurco and Helm score too.
It has been a long few days for me so your turn to comment.
Also, if you are wondering about George, this tweet from him should explain things.
All five goals are below...
Featuring - Ken Kal, Gus Nyquist, Justin Abdelkader, Kyle Quincey, and Mike Babcock.
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
Helm has one goal and five assists in 17 games, with a team-worst minus-7 rating....
"I don't have that jump -- a step or half-step too slow -- whatever it is," Helm said. "I haven't quite found my game that I want to be playing right now.
"I have a lot of room to improve and each game I'm trying to work harder and get to that spot."...
"He's a guy who is trying to get his game back," Babcock said. "He's been injured for so long, he's trying to find his game. He's a work in progress but he's competing hard and working hard and he's healthy.
"He's on the ice all the time, and to me that's a key for him, getting on the ice and getting reps and earning your way to feeling confident."
more on the Wings...
from Shawn Mitchell of Puck-Rakers,
Media reports state Pavel Datsyuk not out for the morning skate.
I will update this post as needed.
added 11:43am, via Khan tweet,
Also Nestrasil, Weiss (IR)
added 11:47am, more from Khan,
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The Atlantic Division had three teams with 100 or more points in 2013-14 (Boston, Tampa Bay and Montreal) and once again appears to be the stronger of the two divisions in the Eastern Conference.
The Red Wings are 1-1-3 against those clubs this season and coming off their worst game of the year Sunday in a 4-1 loss to the Canadiens at Joe Louis Arena.
If Detroit doesn't finish higher than at least one of those teams it must battle for a wild card playoff spot against Toronto, Ottawa and a number of teams from the Metropolitan Division.
Here are five things to watch this week:
1. On the road again
The Red Wings play their next three games on the road, where they are 2-2-3. They will try to fare better than they did in their most recent three-game trip, when they gained just two out a possible six points in Buffalo, Ottawa and the New York Rangers.
from Mike Brophy at NHL.com,
When it comes to debating who might be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the future, Chris Osgood's name usually comes up.
And the argument could be made Osgood had the numbers in his 17-year NHL career to be considered for induction.
The former goalie had his best years with the Detroit Red Wings; Osgood won two Stanley Cups, became the 10th goalie to win 400 games, is 10th all-time with 401 victories, has the seventh best goals-against average of all-time (2.49), led the NHL in GAA in the regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2007-08 and led the NHL in wins in 1995-96 (39).
Osgood was at the Hockey Hall of Fame ceremony as the guest of Dominik Hasek, his former teammate in Detroit.
continued and watch a video below of Osgood talking about Hasek from the Hockey Hall of Fame...
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
What do you do to keep busy?
"I do watch some games at home with our Swedish scout Hakan Andersson and I'm helping out with my kids, my youngest son's hockey team now. I started out with my 14-year-old the last couple of years, but this fall I'm helping out with my 11-year-old. That's been a lot of fun. I also do some business on the side. I am involved with some real estate business in Sweden. But I really enjoy helping my son's team, especially the young kids. They love being at the rink. They love being on the ice. They love playing games. It's fun to see them develop. It's great being around the kids all the time now."
Do you feel that when you're around them you absolutely have their attention? I mean, you're Nicklas Lidstrom, they know who you are, right?
"Maybe not my own kids (laughs). Sometimes what I say gets through to them, but sometimes I'm just like any other dad talking to the kids and they'll block me out. I'm not giving them a whole lot of advice all the time. I give them some pointers here and there. Not my kids, but the other kids are really in more awe than my sons. That's great. Those young kids ask a ton of questions all the time."
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